Best moveset for Venusaur in Pokémon Go

Venusaur is a tricky Pokémon.

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Venusaur is one of the three original Pokémon you can choose to take on your journey in the first game. In Pokémon Go, if you capture enough Bulbasaurs to evolve one into it, you’ll find that Venusaur fits a niche Battle League meta within the Great and Ultra League. It’s not a Master League combatant, but it can participate in the special Cups and lower CP competitions. To ensure it can keep up with the others, there’s a particular moveset we recommend.

Venusaur is a Grass and Poison-type Pokémon. It’s going to be weak to Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic-type attacks, but it’s resistant to Electric, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, and Water-type moves. For PvP, it has a maximum CP of 2,720, an attack of 168, a defense of 161, and a stamina of 162. In PvE for raids, Venusaur has an attack of 198, a defense of 189, and a stamina of 190. It’s fairly balanced Pokémon with no degree of superb stats, and if you cap its CP for the Ultra League, you wouldn’t have to make too many sacrifices.

These are all of the moves Venusaur can learn.

Fast moves

  • Razor Leaf (Grass-type) – 10 damage and 2 energy (5 damage per turn)
  • Vine Whip (Grass-type) – 5 damage and 4 energy (2.5 damage per turn)

Charged moves

  • Frenzy Plant (Grass-type) – 100 damage and 45 energy
  • Petal Blizzard (Grass-type) – 110 damage and 65 energy
  • Sludge Bomb (Poison-type) – 80 damage and 50 energy
  • Solar Beam (Grass-type) – 150 damage and 80 energy

Venusaur’s fast attack choices suffer from a critical problem that happens for multiple Pokémon. One of the attacks will do a high amount of damage, but the alternative to that choice will be an attack that does less damage but provides more energy. Between the two options, you almost always want to go with energy so Venusaur can perform more of its charged moves. Those are the more powerful attacks and make Venusaur into a truly great Pokémon.

For the charged moves, you have several choices. We highly recommend staying away from petal blizzard. While a decent choice with the amount of damage it can do, the energy require limits it quite a bit. Especially when Venusaur can use frenzy plant, an exclusive attack it can only learn at limited times or through using an elite charged TM. Frenzy plant is a great attack because it doesn’t cost too much energy, and it does nearly identical damage to petal blizzard. For Venusaur’s second choice, you’ll want to go with sludge bomb, so it’s not entirely using all Grass-type moves, but also because sludge bomb is a decent attack for the amount of energy it requires.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling cheeky and you blast through an opponent’s shields, reserving Venusaur as your last Pokémon, you can always go with solar beam instead of sludge bomb. Normally, solar beam is a less than ideal attack because it costs 80 energy, and Venusaur won’t survive to use two of these attacks. However, if you know your opponent won’t hold their shields and use Venusaur as your last choice, you can devastate your opponent’s final Pokémon using solar beam. But it’s a risk.

Overall, what is the best moveset for Venusaur? We recommend you go with the fast move vine whip, and then the charged moves frenzy plant and sludge bomb in Pokémon Go.